Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A project for the holidays

In class the children have been amazed by the sudden growth of our kumara. This is a great activity for children to do at home. I wonder who can grow the longest plant?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cleaning up oil experiments

We have been trying to discover the best way to clean up an oil spill. We have tried

  • absorbing, 
  • dispersing 
  • skimming 
This has involved getting very messy. We have also looked at the scientific experiment process - posing a question, hypothesising, going through the method, making observations, looking at the results and drawing conclusions.

We have also discussed the importance of conducting a fair test.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Keep Te Puna Tidy

We had a short walk down Te Puna Road towards Maramatanga Park and discovered so much rubbish some of our bags broke as they couldn't hold it all. The children were horrified by what they found - bottles, paper, straws, tin, even a wallet.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Litterless lunches

We have been investigating the effect of pollution in the ocean.
We have collected rubbish in our playground and realised much of it comes out of lunchboxes. Some of this rubbish ends up in drains or is blown away by all the wind we have been having lately.
We thought we could start with limiting the wrappings that we use in our lunches.
We have set a challenge to have litter free lunches. (I understand that this can be difficult at times but we are aiming to minimise our rubbish)
Here are some examples.

I also showed the children some cool litterless lunches that had been made into pieces of art. Holly decided to try some lunch art of her own

Click on the picture below to visit the websites we looked at as inspiration.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Guinea Pig Visit

Harriet bought along her new baby guinea pigs. They are hiding under the mother at the moment.
We learnt that it is really important to always provide water and food for our pets.
Being a responsible owner means taking care of them lovingly which even includes doing unpleasant jobs like making sure their cages are clean.

Rubbish Walk

We are learning about the importance of keeping Te Moana clean. it starts with our immediate environment. If we keep our school clean of rubbish then it won't be carried down the drains or by the wind down to Te Puna Beach.


When Room 6 were with Miss Shilling they discussed the meanings of some Whakatauki - Maori proverbs, which they illustrated for our class.

Te Reo Maori

We have been learning how to speak simple sentences in the present tense - I am .....

Kei te oma a Tawhiao
Kei te peke a Kaydn

Kei te oma a Holly

Kei te moe a Amber

Monday, September 11, 2017

Waiata With Matua Loius

Matua Louis visited our class to hear our wonderful singing. He taught us 2 new waiata.
Every Thursday we will be joining with his class to learn even more new waiata.